newborn eye discharge?

Ashley - posted on 09/03/2011 ( 25 moms have responded )

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I have an 18 day old son & last night his left eye started trying to matte shut with this yellowish green discharge. His eye lid has an area that is red like it's irritated. Any ideas what's going on?

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Patricia - posted on 09/08/2011

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My daughter has had that trouble with her left eye since the day she was born. Her Dr. said that she has a clogged tear duct. That might be what is going on with your little one. My daughter is 2 months old now and it is still doing it she goes to the Dr. next week and I'm going to ask about it.

Lacey - posted on 09/05/2011

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Babies tear ducts are small and sometimes get blocked and infected. Put some breastmilk in it after every nursing and it should heal in a few days.

Catherine - posted on 09/06/2011

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tis is normal in newborns. often their tearducts can become blocked, just don't touch it with ur fingers. I am a nurse and see this quite often in newborns, my own even had it. my son was 3 months old when it ceased. use a warm cloth to wash it away and massae the tearducts gently twice or 3 times a day. if it appears painful then u can always seek medical assistance if u are really worried. hope that helps

KayWikki - posted on 09/06/2011

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Dip a q-tip in mixture of water and baby shampoo. Wipe the eyelid from the outside to in. Do this each day. Should clear up in a couple of days.

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take him to the dr, it might be conjunctivitis. it can also happen when their tear ducts start to open. but is should be checked out he may need antibiotics.

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Nicole - posted on 01/20/2014

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How do I find out if my 17 day old son has a cold in his eye or if it is conjunctivitis??

Angela - posted on 09/06/2011

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My daughter did that, I called the dr and they told me she may have a cold in her eye. To take a warm washcloth and keep it wiped off. To keep an eye on it and if it worsened to bring her to the dr. But she was fine it was completely better in a couple days. But call the dr and ask.

Rechelle - posted on 09/06/2011

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My son had the same problem, it's probably just a clogged tear duct, but of course check with his pediatrician first. If it is they will give you something to put in his eye a couple of times a day and if you are breast feeding you can even squirt some breast milk in his eye it does help (I know I was weirded out too the first time I heard that). Hope he feels better!!!!

Stephanie - posted on 09/05/2011

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My son had issues with eye infections as a newborn. You should call the doctor because they will want to see him and see the level of infection and will most likely either give you niamiacin cream or eye drops to put in his eyes to help clear it up. Continue the drops as long as they say, even when the eye starts to look better - you want the body to fight the infection! If he continues to have eye infections for the next few months like my son did, the doctor will refer you to a pediatric eye doctor to have the tear ducts checked out around 6-9 months old. My son's tear ducts were clogged, and even though he seemed to only get eye infections (always at the worst times, like at his 3 month pictures, christmas...etc) in one eye, chances are, both tear ducts are clogged. There is a simple outpatient procedure they perform that only takes a few minutes, but is as uncomfortable as bad sinus pressure, and he will cry and break your heart, but there is no residual pain. My son is now almost 3 and hasn't had any issues since! Good Luck!

Jenna - posted on 09/05/2011

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maybe a blocked tear duct, if u are breast feeding express some milk and put it on his eye, i was told to do that when was son had a yukki eye like that worked a treat!!

Tiffany - posted on 09/05/2011

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sounds like a clogged tear duct. Its super common. Use a warm wet washcloth to wipe from in to out gently to remove the discharge. Also try very gently massaging the tear duct with a clean damp washcloth. And although I didn't hear this from my doctor like the previous remedies - a neighbor with 4 kids suggested something that sounded ridiculous - until I got desperate with my youngest - breastmilk. I admit - it was odd sounding, but I kid you not, I tried it with my daughter and it was the only thing that cleared up the blocked duct! My son on the other hand, his was blocked for a couple of weeks then cleared up, then blocked again, then cleared up for good. It will clear up on its own usually, but if you are really concerned you can always ask your pediatrician what they recommend.

Samantha - posted on 09/05/2011

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Conjunctivitis..... Wash with warm water get bubby onto antibiotics

Delayna - posted on 09/05/2011

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My daughter had that also. I took her into a dr in my town and they said pink eye so i took her over the hill to her dr and her dr said babies can not get pink. All it is is a blocked tear duct. He said that it should be gone by the time she was 4 months and it was.

Whitney - posted on 09/04/2011

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1st call your dr, but its probably a clogged tear duct. My daughter is 14 mnths, she had a clogged tear duct when she was about a month old, the dr told us the usual, massage it with clean hands and warm water in the corner, don't be alarmed if discharge floods his eye, have a baby wipe close by to clean it up. Paisley had it for 5-6 months and literally overnight it stopped. So keep your head up!:) good luck

Melissa - posted on 09/04/2011

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call the doctor and use a warm wash cloth until you get into the doctor, a warm wash cloth will pull any of the bad stuff out, sounds similar to pink eye, if it wasn't greenish, i would say clogged tear duct for sure!

Jaclyn - posted on 09/04/2011

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First off, yes ask doctor.
Second my daughter has had it from the day she was born, she is now 5months. Something that has helped to minimize the discharge is to gently rub ur finger in a circular motion in between the eyes. This helps to open the tear duct. Will it go away? Not sure. Our pediatrician told us that if it doesn't go away by 12-14 months then they can do a minor surgery to help keep the duct open. But they say in most cases the body works itself out. Don't worry or be alarmed if his eye is not pink it's not pink eye.
Third, i heard this is a home remidie and have tried it myself. If u r nursing put some breast milk in his eye. I freaked out when my husband told me about it but it helped minimize the discharge. I hope this helps. Best of luck

Krissy - posted on 09/04/2011

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Probly has a form of pink eye. U should take em in and they will give u drops or maybe a cream cus he's so young

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I second Saras comment. Gabby caught pinkeye off of my sister, i put breastmilk in it and it cleared it up that day.

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Could be a clogged tear duct. If you're breastfeeding, breast milk can clear up eye infections (just squirt a few drops in several times a day). Also massage the duct with a warm cloth.

Katrina - posted on 09/03/2011

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I would guess that it is conjunctivitis...kids get it all the time - both mine had it but they were a bit older (a couple of months).
It sounds a bit weird, but it works...If you are breastfeeding, you can clean his eye with some of the milk (direct from the breast if possible) as it is sterilised and has all the antibiotic qualities that baby needs.
Otherwise, as Tasha has said, wipe from inside to outside of the eye with a warm damp cloth. You will also need to change spots on the cloth for each eye (if doing both) and also, if you touch his eyes with your hands, make sure you wash your hands. If it is conjunctivitis, it is very easy to transfer.
If it doesn't clear up, then I would go to the doctor.

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I would call and ask the babies doctor. My kids never had that. I have heard of it, but normally in older kids with an eye infection of some sort. Untill you get ahold of the doctor warm wash cloth should help to keep the eye clear and not matted shut. Good luck let me know what happens.

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